CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS

by Renée Nader Messora
THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS

Informations

Nation: Brazil, Portugal

Year: 2018

Length: 114'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen-year-old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the North of Brazil. He walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father’s voice calls him to the waterfall: it’s time to organize the funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead’s village. The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape the process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.

Director

João Salaviza

 João  Salaviza

João Salaviza (Lisbon, Portugal, 1984) graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy in Portugal, and Universidad del cine in Buenos Aires. His feature debut Montanha premiered at the Venice Critic’s Week in 2015. It came on the heels of a trilogy of shorts: Arena (Palme d’or at Cannes in 2009), Rafa (Berlinale Golden Bear in 2012), and Cerro Negro (2012). He was back at the Berlinale with the shorts High Cities of Bone (2017) and Russa (2018).

Filmography:
Duas Pessoas (cm, 2004), Cães de caça (cm, 2008), Arena (cm, 2009), Hotel Müller (cm, 2010), Casa na Comporta (cm, 2011), Strokkur (doc., cm, 2011), Rafa (cm, 2012), Cerro Negro (cm, 2012), Montanha (2015), High Cities of Bone (doc., cm, 2017), Russa (cm, 2018). Chuva É Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos (The Dead and the Others, doc., 2018, co-regia Renée Nader Messora).

Cast and Credits

regia/directors
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
fotografia/cinematography
Renée Nader Messora
montaggio/film editing
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman
suono/sound
Pablo Lamar, Vitor Aratanha, Ariel Henrique
interpreti/cast
Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô, la gente del villaggio Pedra Branca, nella terra indigena dei Krahô/people from Pedra Branca village in Krahô Indigenous Land
produttore/producer
Isabella Nader
produzione/production
Entrefilmes, Karõ Filmes, Material Bruto

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contatti/contacts
Luxbox
Valentin Carré
[email protected]
www.luxboxfilms.com

Director statement

“During the nine-month process we spent living and filming in the village of Pedra Branca, it is important to remember that we were filming among people that we knew very well after all those years going to this village. We truly believe that this intimacy is visible and that one can feel it through the images. […] In Pedra Branca, we shot for long periods of time and our presence was not intruding in the rhythm of the village, the camera was no longer something shocking.”

Synopsis Learn more

There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen-year-old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the North of Brazil. He walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father’s voice calls him to the waterfall: it’s time to organize the funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead’s village. The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape the process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.

Director All about direction

João Salaviza

 João  Salaviza

João Salaviza (Lisbon, Portugal, 1984) graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy in Portugal, and Universidad del cine in Buenos Aires. His feature debut Montanha premiered at the Venice Critic’s Week in 2015. It came on the heels of a trilogy of shorts: Arena (Palme d’or at Cannes in 2009), Rafa (Berlinale Golden Bear in 2012), and Cerro Negro (2012). He was back at the Berlinale with the shorts High Cities of Bone (2017) and Russa (2018).

Filmography:
Duas Pessoas (cm, 2004), Cães de caça (cm, 2008), Arena (cm, 2009), Hotel Müller (cm, 2010), Casa na Comporta (cm, 2011), Strokkur (doc., cm, 2011), Rafa (cm, 2012), Cerro Negro (cm, 2012), Montanha (2015), High Cities of Bone (doc., cm, 2017), Russa (cm, 2018). Chuva É Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos (The Dead and the Others, doc., 2018, co-regia Renée Nader Messora).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/directors
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora
fotografia/cinematography
Renée Nader Messora
montaggio/film editing
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Edgar Feldman
suono/sound
Pablo Lamar, Vitor Aratanha, Ariel Henrique
interpreti/cast
Henrique Ihjãc Krahô, Raene Kôtô Krahô, la gente del villaggio Pedra Branca, nella terra indigena dei Krahô/people from Pedra Branca village in Krahô Indigenous Land
produttore/producer
Isabella Nader
produzione/production
Entrefilmes, Karõ Filmes, Material Bruto

**
contatti/contacts
Luxbox
Valentin Carré
[email protected]
www.luxboxfilms.com

Director statement Read more

“During the nine-month process we spent living and filming in the village of Pedra Branca, it is important to remember that we were filming among people that we knew very well after all those years going to this village. We truly believe that this intimacy is visible and that one can feel it through the images. […] In Pedra Branca, we shot for long periods of time and our presence was not intruding in the rhythm of the village, the camera was no longer something shocking.”